‘Beware Of Fake Institutions’
Richard Kojo Adjei, Deputy Executive Secretary of NAB, noted that the situation was gaining notoriety, particularly with online programmes located in the United States of America and China.
‘Some people pay huge sums of money for these programmes, only to be given worthless certificates’, he stated at Ho, Volta Region, over the weekend.
He advised individuals to always cross-check the status of institutions with the regulatory body, if they are in doubt before enrolling.
Mr. Adjei gave the caution at the 5th graduation ceremony of the Evangelical Presbyterian University College (EPUC) in Ho on the theme, ‘Embarking On ICT Pathway In The 21st Century For Advance Education’.
NAB’s Deputy Chief Scribe, who described EPUC as an ‘obedient’ institution and commended them for adhering to regulatory standards, further urged them to adopt internal quality assurance culture, which would permeate the structures of the institution through the effective use of ICT to ensure high standards.
Kofi Attoh, CEO of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), in a keynote address, underscored the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in transforming all spheres of life, including education, and called for its adoption to enhance teaching and learning.
He said the use of ICT in institutions of higher learning would ensure flexible and independent learning by students, while expanding the resource pool of both teachers and students for quality research and development.
EPUC, which is under the mentorship of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), currently runs seven accredited programmes under the Schools of Business and Theology at the Ho and Peki campuses respectively.
Rev. Dr Cyril G.K. Fayose, President of EPUC, disclosed in his report that the university was awaiting approval from the regulatory body to introduce nine new programmes under the Schools of Computer Science, Modern Language, Education, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences as well as Social Sciences by the start of the 2014/15 academic year.
He said in readiness for the introduction of the new programmes, 30 new full-time lecturers had been recruited to beef up the existing faculty of 16 full-time and 14 part-time lecturers with 37 administrative and support staff.
As part of efforts to meet the infrastructure needs of the increasing student population, which currently stands at 1,506 from 54 in 2007, the university is putting up a two-storey lecture hall at Ho-Kpodzi with the support of EP Church, Dela Chapel.
Professor Joseph Ampiah Ghartey, Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Cape Coast, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, commended EPUC for its steady progress in developing the nation’s human capital and assured of UCC’s support and guidance until it became autonomous.
Francis Ganyaglo, Deputy Volta Regional Minister, asked the EPUC to consider the establishment of School of Graduate Studies, which would give the opportunity to their graduates to acquire high degrees.
A total of 331 students graduated with eight receiving first class honours. Some outstanding graduates were also honoured, with Joseph Kwesi Agbeka adjudged the overall best graduating student.
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From Fred Duodu and Lambert Atsivor, Ho
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